November 29, 2012 by romoturtravel
Barcelona is one of the most beautiful destinations in Spain. Full of rich culture, food, architecture and scenery, a trip to Barcelona is a must for anyone’s bucket list. Here are three “not to miss” attractions to add to your Barcelona itinerary:
Located on the El Carmel hill just outside of Barcelona, Park Güell was designed by renowned Spanish architect Antoni Gaudi. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, this unique garden complex is a feast for all five senses.
It took about 14 years for Gaudi to build Park Güell, and originally, it was a failed housing complex. Finished in 1914, Park Güell is now a municipal park, boasting uniquely designed buildings, a bench shaped like a sea serpent, the Gaudi Historical Museum, beautiful landscaping and wildlife. You can also see magnificent views of Barcelona from atop the hill.
To access Park Güell, you can travel by city bus or by underground train, though the train stop is at the bottom of the hill. You can also access Park Güell by private tourism buses.
No trip to Barcelona is complete without a trip to the spectacular Sagrada Familia, an unfinished Roman Catholic cathedral, designed by Gaudi. Sagrada Familia is an expiatory church, meaning its buildings have been built entirely through donations. Work began on the cathedral in 1882. Gaudi took over the commission in 1883 and worked on the cathedral until his death in 1926. Construction on Sagrada Familia continues, based on Gaudi’s plans, and is expected to be completed sometime within the first third of the 21st century.
Once completed, Sagrada Familia will have a total of 18 towers: 12 dedicated to the apostles, four to the evangelists, one to Jesus and another to Mary.
Inside Sagrada Familia is a museum where Gaudi’s tomb is located. Additionally, visitors can see drawings and period photography, as well as models (restored, replicas and newly designed) of the church. A visit to the cathedral’s museum helps the visitor understand the church’s history and how Gaudi wanted the Sagrada Familia to be designed.
The Joan Miró Foundation is another must-see attraction for your tour of Barcelona. This modern art museum, situated on Montjuïc hill in Barcelona, celebrates the artwork of Joan Miró. Opened in 1975, the Joan Miró Foundation is a haven for contemporary artists. The museum contains artwork by Miró as well as works by other contemporary artists, such as Peter Greenaway, Rene Magritte and Alexander Calder. The museum’s building was built by Josep Lluís Sert, who combined light and space to create a tranquil environment for the museum’s visitors.
While at the foundation, be sure to see Calder’s Mercury Fountain, a fountain that uses liquid mercury. To protect visitors, the fountain is encased in glass but is a magnificent site to see.
In addition to the artwork at the foundation, visitors can enjoy stunning views of Barcelona from the top of Montjuïc hill. Be sure to visit the gift shop inside the museum for photographs of the artwork featured throughout the Joan Miró Foundation.
Interested in taking a tour of Barcelona? Be sure to check out Romotur’s Barcelona to Bilbao tour. This tour incorporates the attractions mentioned in this blog post, as well as other landmarks, restaurants and sites that encapsulate the essence of Barcelona.